Grassroots Farm is owned and operated by Farmer Lindsey Morris Carpenter (FL) and her mother Gail. FL grows all of our certified organic veggies from seed to harvest and raises our livestock from day-old to processing, where Gail keeps things afloat with the “behind the curtain” aspects of owning a farm business. Gail also brings her lifelong gardening, food preservation, and teaching skills to the farm on weekends, and never on the farm is fresh food is ever wasted.
FL spends an average of 12 hours every day as a farmer, and the rest of the time enjoying all kinds of hobbies (in very small portions), and sleeping like a rock.
Farming the way we do means developing and always improving a variety of skills:
- planning and development of the farm as a whole, including forage pasture, veggie crops, livestock and grazing, and our newly establishing native pollinator prairie
- Transplant greenhouse production
- Fresh produce safe handling and sales
- operating and maintaining large and small engines
- managing a workforce
- improving, designing, and maintaining farm infrastructure
- year-round 2x minimum daily livestock chores
- delivery of produce directly to customers locally and to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago
- managing the CSA planning, growing, harvesting, packing, delivery and customer communications
- Farm marketing, social media and website
- Organic Certification and record keeping
- Carpentry, fencing, backing trailers into alleys, lumberjacking, dog training, and so on…
FL started off her early adulthood pursuing an education in studio Fine Arts. She attended two private art colleges in Philadelphia, PA before deciding there was a different path waiting for her. FL moved back to the Midwest and “stumbled” into a summer farm job in Stoughton, WI. There, she immediately fell in love with daily life as an organic vegetable farmer, the rhythm of the season, and the endless supply of fresh veggies.
FL was finally ready to start an operation of her own after five years of apprenticeship, vegetable production, crew management, and farmers’ market management under the wing of a few talented local organic vegetable farmers. With the help and support of gardener, teacher, and mother Gail, they acquired the land which would start its evolution, in the late summer of 2007, as Grassroots Farm.
Gail is our handy-woman weekend warrior, keeper-of-the-books, value-added product chef, designer and manager of the orchard, and farm product recipe tester. She is also our bee keeper, newsletter writer, and always quick to respond to our customer’s needs in a friendly and accommodating fashion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grassroots Farm wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of our family, friends and neighbors. A special thanks to Lindsey’s Aunt for her continued encouragement and support. See our “Friends of the Farm” page for more information on our favorite local farms and businesses.
Check out Part 1, below, of our 2011 winning video response for Family Farm Defender’s John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize. Part 2 can be viewed on our “About Our Farm“ web page.